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* Is Your Refrigerator Running?: A prank caller is on the loose. A woman reported the offender to police, saying that someone had called her at her residence over 20 different times. Rather than tell lame jokes, this particular caller refuses to speak. The caller enhances his creepy reputation by making his calls at random times. The woman has been called over a 12 day period -- just enough to drive her crazy.

* A man's car was broken into last week. Hoping to denote the seriousness of the crime, the man told police he had "not [given] anyone permission to break into his vehicle."

* Never Expect a Kiss on the First Date: Angry with her date, a woman reported the details to the authorities. Everything was fine, she told them: he was charming, the dinner was delicious, and then he went and ruined it all by acting too fresh too fast. In response to her complaints, the police charged her date with "simple assault."

* Safe Stick-Ups: A man entered a convenience store and demanded, on the spot, six one-dollar bills and five five-dollar bills. The store employee told police that the man did not make any threats, nor did he demand any other merchandise. The suspect didn't even carry a gun! Still, the store employee felt sufficiently jeopardized to satisfy the robber's request.

* A small nail salon complained of someone breaking in and stealing $30, all in one-dollar bills, from their cash register. The police haven't been able to identify the thief, so the salon employees have started an investigation of their own. Innocent consumers should avoid paying for manicures or pedicures in one-dollar bills.

* One Charlottean told police he had been victimized: someone had broken his passenger door window, but apparently only to unlock the car door. The offenders' motives are indeterminable at present: nothing was stolen from the car, nor did the car appear to have been taken for a joyride. Needless to say, the incident has police baffled.

* A man called the police last week to report his missing wallet. Among other things, the wallet contained a phonecard that belonged to his grandmother. When asked to recount his recent activities, the man sounded a little squeamish. He finally admitted that he had given a ride to an "unknown person . . . for a short period of time." The police allege that the unknown person stole the victim's wallet -- a possibility that makes the victim's grandmother pretty angry, as $800 has been charged to her calling card since her grandson's wallet disappeared.

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